365 Days by Ajme Williams EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Ajme Williams
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This last business meeting on my two-week tour of the Pacific Northwest
to get investors was going the same way every other meeting had gone—
nowhere. The group of three men and two women listened intently, nodding
and showing signs that they were impressed by what I was telling them, and
yet, there was a distance that told me their answer was going to be no. That
wasn’t a surprise. I’d walked into the meeting thinking the answer would be
no because every other meeting had been a no.
But if there wasn’t a
possibility of yes, why did they keep the meeting? In the business world, time
was money, so why waste their time on a meeting they weren’t going to take
action on? That thought had given me a morsel of hope, but it quickly
dissipated as the presentation went on. Either they kept the meeting out of
politeness, or they’d been hoping I’d say something stupendous to change
their minds. So far, nothing I said came close to stupendous.
I hid all those feelings as I finished my presentation and then looked each
one of them in the eyes with a smile, and hopefully, in expectation that they
were going to invest with me.
“Your board must be excited by the enthusiasm and infusion of new ideas
and energy you’re bringing to the company,” Talia Brentwood, the CEO of
Brentwood Incorporated, said.
No, no, they weren’t. My board had even less enthusiasm for me than all
the other boards I’d met with on this business trip. Perhaps that was the
problem. If my board didn’t believe in me, why should these people?
“Thank you. I know the company’s reputation precedes me here, but I can
assure you that she’s in good hands. Honest, legitimate hands.” I would’ve
preferred not to bring up the company’s past under my father’s lead, but it
was the elephant in the room. If I acted like my father and his dirty deals
didn’t exist, I would look at the very least, naïve, and at the most, complicit.
I’d spent the last six years of my life trying to protect the company from my
father and his questionable business practices. If my father were running this
business meeting, he would’ve had in-depth investigations on each of these
board members, finding the skeletons in their closets and threatening to use
them against them. And if that didn’t work, he’d seduce Talia Brentwood or
somebody else in a position to embarrass the company. I hadn’t done any of
“The problem is,” Mark Riggins, the VP on the board, said,
“organizations are judged by the company they keep, and while we can see
that you’re an earnest young man, you are right in that your father’s
reputation precedes you. It still taints the company, and we can’t risk being
associated with your father.”
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